Story: Public holidays
This map shows the actual dates of provincial anniversaries in New Zealand. In practice, they are often celebrated on different dates – usually the closest Monday or Friday. The provinces were established as a way of governing New Zealand in the early days of British settlement, when poor communications and transport made centralised government difficult. They were abolished in 1876, but a sense of distinct identity persisted amongst people living in the regions, and the survival of provincial holidays is one manifestation of that.
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